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Welcome from the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences)

I am delighted to welcome you to the Division of Sciences.

Science has been an essential cornerstone of the University of Otago since its establishment in 1869. Formally constituted in 1989, the Division of Sciences has since grown in both strength and status resulting in internationally recognised excellence in all of its activities with a strong emphasis on research and research-led teaching.

The diversity of quality subjects that can now be studied at both the under- and postgraduate levels is very broad. As well as our touchstone BSc and BSc(Hons) degrees with their large assortment of majors, you may also be interested in BAppSc, our professional degrees, or programmes that cut across normal departmental structures. I invite you to look further at our website for more detailed information.

We have some of the latest high-end built or upgraded buildings on campus, providing first-rate facilities, in relation to scientific equipment laboratories and teaching space, allowing us to remain at the forefront of scientific endeavour.

I feel honoured to head the Division at New Zealand’s most science intensive university. I am also very proud of our staff and the cutting-edge results that they repeatedly produce. The academic, research and support staff in Sciences at Otago are stellar, with a very large proportion of staff engaged in internationally recognised research. We are all committed to the highest standards of excellence in delivering or supporting our academic programmes.

Be assured, you will be taught by scientific experts in their respective disciplines, providing you with the opportunity to gain a world-class qualification, whilst at the same time contributing to revolutionary research.

I wish you all the best and look forward to applauding your academic success.

Professor Richard Barker
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences)

Nei te reo manahau e whakatau i a koutou ki Te Rohe o Ahikāroa.

Nā te timatanga mai o te Whare Wānanga o Otago te Pūtaiao i noho hei pou matua. I tau tōna ake whakaritenga ture i te tau 1989. Mai taua wā kua pakari, kua piki hoki tōna mana kia āhukahuka ai a taiao te kounga o āna mahi, me te kaha o tōna aro ki te rangahau, kia noho taua rangahau hei tūāpapa mō ngā akoranga.

Kanorau ana ngā momo kaupapa ako hei akoranga māu kei te taumata paetahi, a, kei te taumata paerua hoki. Hei tāpiri ki tēnei ko te Tohu Paetahi, a, ko te Tohu Paetahi Hōnore me te maha hoki o ā rāua kaupapa matua. Ka aro rānei pea ki te Tohu Pūtaiao-ā-Nuku, ki tētahi atu o ngā tohu ngaio, ngā hōtaka rānei kāore e here i ngā ture tohu o te tari nei. Tēnā, tirohia tā mātou whārangi ipurangi kia kitea ai he kōrero anō.

Ko ō tātou whare, he whare hou rawa, he whare kua whakahou rānei, a, kāore i tua atu ēnei whare, ēnei taiwhanga pūtaiao mō te mātai, me te whakaako. Nō ēnei rauhanga ka tū tonu mātou ki te hāputa o te whakakoro pūtaiao.

He mana nui nōku kia tū hei ahorei ki Te Rohe o Ahikāroa, ki tēnei whare wānanga e whai kaha rawa i ngā mātāpono o te pūtaiao. Whakahīhī katoa ahau i ā mātou kaimahi me ngā haumāuiui whai mana i te whakaarihia ai e rātou. Me whakakōtua ka tika ngā kaimahi mātauranga, ngā kaimahi rangahau rātou ko ngā kaitautoko o te Tari Pūtaiao ki Ōtākou i te tokomaha kua whai mana ana ki te ao whānui i ā rātou rangahau. Ka ū atu mātou katoa ki te kounga o te whakaako me te tautoko i ngā hōtaka mātauranga.

Me mōhio mai koe, ko ō kaiako he mātanga i ō rātou kaupapa ako kia riro ai i a koe tētahi tohu whai mana, a, he kairangahau whakawhana hoki.

Nei te reo mihi e karanga nei e tāria ana kia mihia anōtia ngā haumāuiui ka whakaputaina e koe.

Professor Richard Barker
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences)